Eve McVeagh

Eve McVeagh

McVeagh publicity photo for Snafu on Broadway (1945)
Born Eva Elizabeth McVeagh
(1919-07-15)15 July 1919
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Died 10 December 1997(1997-12-10) (aged 78)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actress
Years active 1937–1989
Spouse(s) Gene Rizzi
(m. 1939–1947; divorced)
William C. Appleby
(m. 1947–1956; his death)
Robert Cole
(m. 1956; divorced)
Clarke Gordon
(m. 1957–her death)
Children 4 children
Notable descendants:
Paul Robert Appleby, Ph.D.

Eve McVeagh (born Eva Elizabeth McVeagh;[2] July 15, 1919 – December 10, 1997) was an American actress of film, television, stage, and radio. Her career spanned 52 years from her first stage role through her last stage appearance.[3] McVeagh's roles included leading and supporting parts as well as smaller character roles in which she proved a gifted character actress.[4][5][6]

Early life

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Hugh McVeagh, a railroad clerk, and Eva E. Johnson, she moved to Los Angeles in 1923 with her widowed mother and maternal grandmother, Molly Johnson,[7] where she started acting in theater in her teens.[3]


Eve McVeagh Headshot circa 1965

Following stage success in Hollywood, McVeagh moved to New York City in her 20s, performing on radio and on Broadway in several productions including the roles of Martha in Snafu (1944–1945)[8] and Patsy Laverne in Too Hot for Maneuvers (1945).[6] After the well received Broadway run of Snafu, McVeagh took over the female lead at The National Theater in Washington DC in 1945.[9] In 1947, McVeagh played a supporting role opposite Billie Burke and Grant Mitchell in the original play "Accidentally Yours." The production received very favorable reviews on the West Coast and was en route to New York where it was predicted to be the "comedy smash hit of 1948" [10] However, the production was not a commercial success and never made it to Broadway. Ms McVeagh did not perform on Broadway again, but after returning to Los Angeles, and working in film and television for years, she traveled back to New York to perform in the play Scuba Duba in 1971. After this stage work, McVeagh traveled back to her home base in Los Angeles. She starred in West Coast premieres of Broadway shows at the Pasadena Playhouse, most notably the lead in Come Back Little Sheba. Her Hollywood theater work included one year as Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Her stage career continued in Las Vegas in 1981 in "The Ninety Day Mistress" playing the mother of June Wilkinson, British actress and model. She continued to act in small stage productions including several with the award winning Theatre Forty Company in Beverly Hills. In Hollywood, her final role was as a member of a lesbian couple in 1989 concluding an over 50 year stage career.[3]


McVeagh's first film appearance was a supporting role in the classic High Noon (1952) in which she played Mildred Fuller alongside Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. In the early 1950s she was under contract with Columbia Pictures. During that time, she co-starred in Tight Spot as Clara Moran playing the sister of Ginger Rogers: Of her performance, The New York Times raved "For our money, the best scene, whipped up by scenarist William Bowers, is the anything-but-tender reunion of Miss Rogers and her sister, Eve McVeagh ... an ugly, blistering pip."[11] Ms. McVeagh was also featured opposite Richard Widmark and Lauren Bacall in The Cobweb as Shirley Irwin. She starred as Viv in The Glass Web, and was featured as Mrs. Clinton in Three in the Attic, Mrs. Masters in The Way West, Mrs. Griggs in Crime & Punishment, USA, a reporter in the Dino De Laurentiis production of King Kong, and The Graduate.[3] Her final co-starring film role was in the independent film Money to Burn (1983) as Vivian. Her last onscreen appearance was a cameo role in Creator (1985) with Peter O'Toole. Ms. McVeagh's contributions to film were recognized by the bestowal of full voting membership in the actor's branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in September 1974.[12] Her contributions in film spanned 33 years.[4]


McVeagh, a Hitchcock favorite, as Georgia in "Incident at a Corner" (1960)

McVeagh's career in television began in 1946 as a primary cast member in the first American network Soap Opera, Faraway Hill. Other notable early television series on which she guest starred included Dragnet and I Love Lucy (as Lucy's hairdresser, Roberta, in the classic "Black Wig" episode). She was featured in three episodes of Perry Mason and two episodes of The Twilight Zone, and was a regular guest on The Johnny Carson Show. Alfred Hitchcock notably hired actors he liked regularly. McVeagh was featured in four episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and two episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.[13] Additionally McVeagh co-starred on the Hitchcock-directed episode, "Incident at a Corner", of the television series Startime (pictured).[14] Roles in the 1960s also included Frances Moseby, a series regular, on The Clear Horizon, a recurring character, Miss Hammond, on Petticoat Junction, as well as roles on Bonanza, Ironside and My Three Sons. Continuing in the 1970s, she appeared in the 1972 television movie "The Daughters of Joshua Cabe." McVeagh was a regular on The Red Skelton Show for its last season. She also regularly performed in guest spots in Room 222 and McMillan & Wife. A favorite of Lucille Ball going back to I Love Lucy, she again appeared with her on Here's Lucy.[4] She also guest starred in Love, American Style, and was featured in Little House on the Prairie, The Streets of San Francisco, The Virginian, The Bionic Woman, Charlie's Angels, The Jeffersons, Lou Grant, The Incredible Hulk, Knots Landing, Hill Street Blues, Hunter, and Airwolf. She rounded out the 1970s on a high note as socialite Helen Carrington in the 1979 critically acclaimed television movie Murder by Natural Causes with Hal Holbrook. In the 1980s, her last decade in entertainment, McVeagh co-starred in an episode of Michael Landon's Highway to Heaven and was featured in two episodes of Simon & Simon. McVeagh guest starred in a 1985 episode of Cagney and Lacey as Dorothy Gantney, the grief-stricken mother of a murder victim in the "The Psychic". McVeagh's last television credit was in 1987 as the guest star of the PBS show Square One TV as Mrs. Swaggle. Her career in television spanned 41 years.[4]


Eve McVeagh CBS Publicity Photo (1952)

Photograph (right) was taken for "Let's Play Tennis Week" a charity event with stars of that era.

During the "Golden Age of Radio", McVeagh had several leading and supporting series roles and episodic leads in the 1940s and 1950s. She played Mrs. Harriet Beatty on the "Clyde Beatty Show", and was a regular on "Broadway Is My Beat" and "Stars Over Hollywood". She starred in "Hollywood Hostages", an episode of "Suspense", as Grace. McVeagh was a principal performer on "Jeff Regan, Investigator", Jack Webb's radio noir series. "McVeagh's ditzy—and sultry—characterizations were regularly featured"[15] in the series. She also played the lead in the role of convicted murderess Marie Lafarge in the 1953 episode of Crime Classics, "The Seven Layered Arsenic Cake of Madame Lafarge."

Acting and voice coach

McVeagh was an acting and voice coach at the Film Actors Workshop at Warner Brothers Studios. Additionally, she taught privately and guest lectured at the University of Southern California in the School of Theatre.[3]

Family life

McVeagh was married to character actor and director Clarke Gordon (her fourth husband) at the time of her death and had four children and nine grandchildren.[3] Grandson Paul Robert Appleby, Ph.D., who was raised effectively as her fifth child,[16] is a Research Scientist and Assistant Professor (Research) at the University of Southern California (Keck School of Medicine & Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism).[3][17] Appleby is a producer/writer of virtual reality games for health promotion as well as a voice-over artist [16][18]


Eve McVeagh Gordon died on December 10, 1997, from natural causes in Los Angeles. She was 78 years old.[19]

Partial list of credits

Year Title Role Entertainment Medium and Notes
1943 Silk Hat Harry Jayne Spence Stage (Music Box Theater, Hollywood – original cast)
1944–1945 Snafu Martha Stage (Broadway – original cast)
1945 Too Hot for Maneuvers Patsy Laverne Stage (Broadway – original cast)
1946 Faraway Hill Series Regular Television Soap Opera. First soap opera on American Television network.
1947 Public Prosecutor Episode: "The Case of the Shattered Mirror" Television
1947 Accidentally Yours Jean Erwin Stage (Touring Company – original cast – see "Stage" section for more details)
1948–1950 Jeff Regan, Investigator Principal Actor CBS Radio Series
1950–51 Clyde Beatty Show Mrs.Harriet Beatty Syndicated Radio Series
1949–1954 Broadway Is My Beat Series Regular CBS Radio Series
1952–1954 Stars Over Hollywood Series Regular CBS Radio Series
1952 High Noon Mildred Fuller Film
1952 Racket Squad Guest Star in Episode: "The Case of the Empty House" Television
1952 Schlitz Playhouse Episode: "The Trial" Television
1952 Your Jeweler's Showcase Episode: "Marked X" Television
1953 Crime Classics Madame Marie Lafarge in Episode: "The Seven Layered Arsenic Cake of Madame Lafarge" CBS Radio Series
1953 Life with Luigi Episode: "The Dance" Television
1953 The Glass Web Viv Film
1954 Dragnet Episode: "The Big Drink" Television
1954 Fireside Theatre Marge in Episode: "Invitation to Marriage" Television
1954 Fireside Theatre Murial Tannant in Episode: "The Insufferable Woman" Television
1954 I Love Lucy Roberta in Episode: "The Black Wig" Television
1954 Climax! Episode: "Sorry Wrong Number" Television
1955 I'll Cry Tomorrow Ethel Film
1955 I Led 3 Lives Miss Cutler in Episode: "Commie Dies" Television
1955 The Ford Television Theatre Suzie in Episode: "Celebrity" Television
1955 Tight Spot Clara Moran Film
1955 The Cobweb Mrs. Shirley Irwin Film
1955 It's a Dog's Life Elsa Film
1955 Stage 7 Miss Shelby in Episode: "The Traveling Salesman" Television
1955 Crossroads Myrtle Greenspant in Episode: "The Unholy Trio" Television
1956 Crusader Pearl Winacheck in Episode: "The Sharks" Television
1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour Nurse in Episode: "One Life" Television
1956 Science Fiction Theatre Ann Page in Episode: "The Green Bomb" Television
1956 Highway Patrol Mrs. West in Episode: "Runaway Boy" Television
1956 Suspense Grace in Episode: "Hollywood Hostages" CBS Radio Series
1957 Sierra Stranger Ruth Gaines Film
1957 The Shadow on the Window Bessie Warren Film
1957 The Jack Benny Program Reunion Guest in Episode: "Mary Has May Co. Reunion" Television
1957 Adventures of Superman Mrs. Wilson in Episode: "The Stolen Elephant" Television
1957 The George Sanders Mystery Theater Thelma in Episode: "The Night I Died" Television
1957 Casey Jones Nell Dixon in Episode: "Star Witness" Television
1957 Perry Mason Nora Fleming in Episode: "The Case of the Angry Mourner" Television
1958 The Court of Last Resort Edith Elwell in Episode: "The Peter Stevens Case" Television
1958 Mike Hammer Veronica Karnes in Episode: "Overdose of Lead" Television
1958 General Electric Theater Episode: "One is a Wanderer" Television
1958 Unwed Mother Film
1958 Man with a Camera Mrs. Collins in Episode: "Six Faces of Satan" Television
1959 Alcoa Theatre Miss Bellows in Episode: "Man of His House" Television
1959 Perry Mason Laura Richards in Episode: "The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll" Television
1959 The Thin Man Dane in Episode: "Dear Dead Days" Television
1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Waitress in Episode: "Coyote Moon" Television
1959 Rawhide Beulah in Episode: "Incident of a Burst of Evil" Television
1959 Dennis The Menace Mrs. Purcell in Episode: "Dennis and the Signpost" Television
1959 Crime and Punishment U.S.A. Mrs. Griggs Film
1960–1962 The Clear Horizon Frances Moseby (Series Regular) Television Soap Opera
1960 Johnny Ringo Molly Crawford in Episode: "Four Came Quietly" Television
1960 Perry Mason Saleswoman in Episode: "The Case of the Gallant Grafter" Television
1960 Lawman Josie – Saloon Gal in Episode: "The Ugly Man" Television
1960 Riverboat Julie Scott in Episode: "The Wichita Arrows" Television
1960 Startime Georgia in Episode: "Incident at a Corner" Television
1961 Coronado 9 Laura Tyler in Episode: "Hunt Breakfast" Television
1961 Surfside 6 Blosson McKenzie in Episode: "Little Mister Kelly" Television
1961 The Real McCoys Myra McCoy (Recurring) Television
1961 Tales of Wells Fargo Episode: "Casket 7.3" Television
1961 Cain's Hundred Bunny in Episode: "Degrees of Guilt" Television
1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Eve the Reporter in Episode: "The Gloating Place" Television
1961–1963 77 Sunset Strip Landlady (Recurring) Television
1962 Checkmate Bess Conrad in Episode: "A Very Rough Sketch" Television
1962 Have Gun - Will Travel Katherine Parsons in Episode: "One, Two, Three" Television
1962 Thriller Mrs. Curtis in Episode: "The Hollow Watcher" Television
1962 Thriller Bonnie in Episode: "'Til Death Do Us Part" Television
1962 The Law and Mr. Jones Episode: "The Boy Who Said No" Television
1962 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Mrs. Archer in Episode: "The Test" Television
1962 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Mae in Episode: "What Frightened You, Fred?" Television
1962 The Tall Man Episode: "Phoebe" Television
1962 Wagon Train Yolanda in Episode: "The Terry Morrell story" Television
1963 Petticoat Junction Miss Hammond recurring role Television
1963 The Lieutenant Marge in Episode: "Instant Wedding" Television
1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Rose Cates in Episode: "Last Seen Wearing Blue Jeans" Television
1964 Arrest and Trial Mrs Nello in Episode: "The Best There Is" Television
1964 Twilight Zone Ella in Episode: "I Am the Night—Color Me Black" Television
1964 Karen Mrs Peters in Episode: "The Wig" Television
1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E Baroness in Episode: "The Odd Man Affair" Television
1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Sylvia Boggs in Episode: "Last Second Wife" Television
1965 Dr. Kildare Dr. Ruth Becker in Episode: "Wings of Hope" Television
1965 Daniel Boone Eleanor Tully in Episode: "The Christmas Story" Television
1965 Daniel Boone Kate Bothwell in Episode: "The Quietists" Television
1966 Hank Miss Krimmer in Episode: "The Millionth Dollar Baby" Television
1966 My Favorite Martian Mother in Episode: "Martin the Mannequin" Television
1966 F Troop Wilma McGee in Episode: "Reunion for O'Rourke" Television
1966 My Mother the Car Goldie in Episode: "It Might as Well Be Spring as Not" Television
1966 My Three Sons Clara in Episode: "The Wrong Robbie" Television
1967 Dragnet Bonnie McKenzie in Episode: "The Senior Citizen" Television
1967 The F.B.I. Bea Jensen in Episode: "A Question of Guilt" Television
1967 The Way West Mrs. Masters Film
1967 Bonanza Harriet Guthrie in Episode: "Night of Reckoning" Television
1967 The Virginian Maude in Episode: "The Deadly Past" Television
1967 The Graduate Party guest Film
1968 Ironside Manager in Episode: "An Obvious Case of Guilt" Television
1968 Dragnet Margaret Chance in Episode: "Police Commission: DR-13" Television
1968 The Outsider Mrs. Forrester in Episode: "Tell It like It Is...and You're Dead"" Television
1968 Three in the Attic Mrs. Clinton Film
1968 Adam-12 Mrs. Walker in Episode: "Log 72: El Presidente" Television
1969 The Outsider Mrs. Forrester in television movie: "Anatomy of a Crime" Television Movie
1969 Mayberry R.F.D. Mrs. Whitakker in Episode: "Millie, the Model" Television
1969 Dragnet Mrs. Shore in Episode: "Juvenile: The Little Pusher" Television
1969 Roberta Anna Television Movie
1969 The Virginian Mrs. Foster in Episode: "A Woman of Stone" Television
1969 Room 222 PTA Member in Episode: "Richie's Story" Television
1970 Airport Mrs. Henry Bron Film
1970 The Liberation of L.B. Jones Miss Griggs Film
1970 The Odd Couple Mrs. Luchman in Episode: "The Jury Story" Television
1970 Adam-12 Marge Jenkins in Episode: "Log 174: Loan Sharks" Television
1970–1971 The Red Skelton Show Series Regular (Various Characters) Television Variety Series
1971 Room 222 Mrs. Cates in Episode: "The Long Honeymoon" Television
1971 Room 222 Madge Morano in Episode: "The Last Full Moon" Television
1971 Love, American Style Eloise Hempsted Television (3 episodes)
1971 Scuba Duba Landlady Stage Studio Arena Theater (Buffalo, NY)
1972 The Daughters of Joshua Cabe Mother Superior Television Movie
1972 Glass Houses Film
1972 The Courtship of Eddie's Father Lorraine Karn in Episode: "Very Young Man with a Horn" Television
1972 Alias Smith and Jones Episode: "What Happened at the XST?"" Television
1972 McMillan & Wife Woman (Neighbor)in Episode: "Till Death Do Us Part" Television
1972 McMillan & Wife Mrs. Denny in Episode: "An Elementary Case of Murder" Television
1973 The Streets of San Francisco Mrs. Logan in Episode: "The Unicorn" Television
1973 Here's Lucy Woman with Dog in Episode: "The Bow Wow Boutique" Television
1973 Adam-12 Margaret Willis in Episode: "VanNuys Division: Pete's Mustache" Television
1974 McMillan & Wife Episode: "Reunion in Terror" Television
1974 The Snoop Sisters Coven Member in Episode: "The Devil Made Me Do It!" Television
1974 Police Story Ethel in Episode: "Fingerprint" Television
1974 Movin' On Rosalie in Episode: "Grit" Television
1975 The Texas Wheelers Mrs. Klate in Episode: "The Music Box" Television
1975 Little House on the Prairie Mrs. Hillstrom in Episode: "The Gift" Television
1975 Maude Renee in Episode: "The Christmas Party" Television
1976 King Kong Reporter Film
1977 The Bionic Woman Middle Aged Woman in Episode: "Over the Hill Spy" Television
1979 Charlie's Angels Old Lady (with Lasso) in Episode: "Angels on Vacation" Television
1979 Murder by Natural Causes Helen Carrington Television Movie
1979 Barnaby Jones Millie Kelley in Episode: "Master of Deception" Television
1979 Lou Grant Elizabeth Benson in Episode: "Home" Television
1980 Days of Our Lives Mrs. Kositchek (Recurring) Television Soap Opera
1980 Spoon River Anthology Several Characters Stage (Theatre Forty Company, Beverly Hills)
1980 The Jeffersons Mrs. Simpson in Episode: "Louise's Setback" Television
1980 Power Juror Television Movie
1980 CHiPs Wife in Episode: "Dynamite Alley" Television
1981 Lou Grant Claire in Episode: "Catch" Television
1981 Red Flag:The Ultimate Game Amanda Clark Television Movie
1981 The Incredible Hulk Landlady in Episode: "Triangle" Television
1981 The Ninety Day Mistress Judith Hastings Stage (Las Vegas)
1982 Long Day's Journey Into Night Mary Stage (Richmond Shepard Theater Studios, Hollywood)
1982 Knots Landing Mrs. Green in Episode: "China Dolls" Television
1982 Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice Mrs. Rugolo Television Movie
1982 Hill Street Blues Tenant in Episode: "Stan the Man" Television
1983 Money to Burn Vivian Film
1983 Knight Rider Slot Granny in Episode: "The Topaz Connection" Television
1984 Jennifer Slept Here Episode: "Do You Take This Ghost" Television
1984 Hunter Mrs. Onadon in Episode: "Hunter (Pilot)" Television
1984 Airwolf Annie in Episode: "Random Target" Television
1985 T. J. Hooker Manager in Episode: "Serial Murders" Television
1985 Highway to Heaven Flora in Episode: "Going Home, Going Home" Television
1985 Creator Woman with monkey Film
1985 Cagney & Lacey Dorothy Gantney in Episode: "The Psychic" Television
1985 Simon & Simon Mrs. MacDermott in Episode: "Burden of the Beast" Television
1986 Simon & Simon Mrs. Talbot in Episode: "The Cop Who Came to Dinner" Television
1987 Mathnet Mrs. Swaggle in Episode: "The Problem of the Dirty Money" Television
1987 Square One TV Mrs. Swaggle in Episode #1.23 Television


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